Sunday, May 10, 2015

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 3-9 May 2015

Hundreds of genealogy and family history bloggers write thousands of posts every week about their research, their families, and their interests. I appreciate each one of them and their efforts.

My criteria for "Best of ..." are pretty simple - I pick posts that advance knowledge about genealogy and family history, address current genealogy issues, provide personal family history, are funny or are poignant. I don't list posts destined for daily blog prompts or meme submissions (but I do include summaries of them), or my own posts.

Here are my picks for great reads from the genealogy blogs for this past week:

*  Blogging Less: Hangouts, G+ and Tweeting More by Pat-Richley-Erickson on DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Blog.  Pat explains how genealogy got on social media, and why she is doing more interactive vlogging than blogging.

*  No Download of ELCA Images at by Michael John Neill on the blog.  Michael's right, I hadn't noticed that before.

*  Genealogy and Continual Learning by Ken McKinlay on the Family Tree Knots blog.  Ken highlights opportunities for continual learning about genealogy.

*  Three Ways to get your Genealogy Material Out There Without Actually Publishing by Harold henderson on the Midwestern Microhistory: A Genealogy Blog.  Harold has suggestions.

*  Captain Hook: Misunderstood Gardener?  It's All in the Records ... by Granny on the Granny's Trail blog.  Funny.  I love Granny's posts!

*  #52Ancestors: Maria Aurelia Compean (1858-1963), Lived to be 105  or 100 or 95 Years of Age by Colleen Greene on Colleen and Jeff's Roots blog.  Colleen does a great job of analyzing the available records to find Aurelia's age at death.

*  FamilySearch Place Research Tool by the writer of The Ancestry Insider blog.  Mr. AI highlights a new and useful FamilySearch tool.

*  7 Common Genealogy Research Mistakes to Avoid by Lisa Lisson on the Crestleaf blog.  Lisa's list incl;udes some I do almost every day, how about you?

*  Citing Indexes & Finding Aids by Elizabeth Shown Mills on the Evidence Explained QuickTips blog.  Elizabeth explains the value and shortcomings of these sources.

*  What's New? by Emily Garber on the Going the Extra Yad blog.  Emily describes how to find new or updated records on several genealogy data provider sites.

*  The Influenza Epidemic of 1918 and Your Ancestors by D. Joshua Taylor on the JSTOR Daily blog.  Josh has an interesting fact-filled post about the 1918 epidemic.

*  Thanks, But No Thanks by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist blog.  Judy discusses a widow's dower with an interesting Delaware case.

*  Societies: Trying to Crank it Out the Way They've Always Done It? by Pat Richley-Erickson on the DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Blog.  Pat comments on Susan Petersen's post from last week.

Here are pick posts by other geneabloggers this week:

*  Friday's Genealogy News, May 2nd - 8th by Nichelle Barra on the Copper Leaf Genealogy blog.

*  GAGs - GeniAus Gems - 8 May 2015 by Jill Ball on the GeniAus blog.

*  Friday Follow by Angie Rodesky on the Sweet Tea, Tart Lemons & Memories blog.

*  Friday Finds -- 05/08/15 by Julie Cahill Tarr on Julie's Genealogy & History Hub blog.

*  This Week's Creme de la Creme -- May 9, 2015 by Gail Dever on the Genealogy a la Carte blog.

Readers are encouraged to go to the blogs listed above and read their articles, and add their blogs to your Favorites, Feedly, another RSS feed, or email if you like what you read. Please make a comment to them also - all bloggers appreciate feedback on what they write.

Did I miss a great genealogy blog post? Tell me! I am currently reading posts from over 1560 genealogy bloggers using Feedly, but I still miss quite a few it seems.

Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here.

The URL for this post is:

Copyright (c) 2015, Randall J. Seaver

Please comment on this post on the website by clicking the URL above and then the "Comments" link at the bottom of each post.  Or contact me by email at


Emily Garber said...

Thank you, Randy, for the honor of including my "What's New?" post among the best for the week.


Enno Borgsteede said...

The QuickTips URL is

Jessica M. Taylor said...

We would love to be included!